Twitter Reactions: New Zealand make amends to level the series in another thriller

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The Ranchi crowd witnessed a scintillating match as the visitors came back to level the series 2-2 with the all-important final to be played on Saturday. Earlier in the day, it was Kane Williamson who finally won the toss as he elected to bat first. The Kiwis made 3 changes as Devcich, Watling and Sodhi came in. For India, Kulkarni came in for Bumrah.

Batting first, the New Zealanders were off to a splendid start. Martin Guptill scored a brilliant 72 while Latham also rotated the strike well. Both put up a 96 runs partnership for the first wicket. Later on, Kiwis captain Williamson and Taylor chipped in with useful contributions. However, they failed to get going.

Dhoni effected a wonderful run out to send Taylor back. The Kiwi lower order again failed to provide a decent finish as they lost a flurry of wickets which lowered the scoring rate. Santner’s little cameo helped New Zealand reach 260 in their quota of 50 overs.

While the Indian bowlers were taken to the cleaners during the first powerplay, they staged a good turnaround in the middle and end overs. Mishra was the pick of the bowlers with a couple of wickets to his name. Axar and Pandya also got one wicket each. Yadav and Kulkarni also managed to get one wicket apiece but were expensive.

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Chasing 261, Rohit Sharma failed yet again as he edged one to Watling. Rahane batted beautifully to score a superb half-century but failed to stay for a longer duration. Kohli looked good but ended up getting out on a loose delivery. Dhoni who walked into cheers from his home ground failed to materialize expectations.

Pandey and Jadhav weren’t at their top notch as both got out in quick succession. While Axar who was promoted played a promising innings along with Mishra, a confusion resulted in a run-out. There was some glimmer of hopes from Kulkarni too but India ended up falling short of 19 runs.

Southee struck thrice for New Zealand while Boult and Neesham also managed to grab a couple of wickets. Santner and Sodhi also got a wicket each as they created pressure on the Indian batsmen with dots.

Twitter kept everyone entertained. Right from Dhoni’s stupendous run out to his poor show with the bat, from Latham’s amazing catch to Southee’s inspiring spell, here are some of the best tweets during the course of the game.

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